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Bat Boy: The Musical (Musical)

Story & Book by Keythe Farley & Brian Flemming

Music & Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe

Directed by Jake Wilhelm

August 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 2015

Based on a story in The Weekly World News, Bat Boy: The Musical is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a "normal" boy by the veterinarian's wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant townfolk and have a blissful coupling in the woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy's unholy origin.

"Big laughs…It's remarkable what intelligent wit can accomplish—a jaggedly imaginative mix of skewering humor and energetic glee." —NY Times.

"Smart, playful and funny…a giggling cult hit" —NY Magazine.

"Outrageously silly and totally charming." —NY Daily News.

"At the end of the show, you've been gleefully, outlandishly entertained." —NY Newsday.

"Composed with smarts, staged with savvy and performed with gusto, Bat Boy: The Musical is a winner. You'd be batty to miss it." —Star Ledger

Produced through special arrangement with
 Dramatists Play Service, inc.





Actor Bios

Nick Chaney (Bat Boy): Nick is proud to be making his debut at The Arena Dinner Theatre, doing his biggest role yet, as Edgar the Bat Boy. You may have seen Nick in various roles at the civic like Pinocchio in Shrek the Musical, Victor in Cabaret, and Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Nick plans to move to New York in two years to audition on Broadway. "I would like to thank my family for being so supportive of my passion, and also anyone involved in making this wonderful show happen."

Emily Arata (Meredith Parker): Emily is thrilled to be returning to Arena after a whole season hiatus! She was most recently seen here as Jenny in Company, and has appeared on Arena’s stage numerous other times, in Laughing Stock, Boeing Boeing, Arsenic and Old Lace and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. She has also appeared at the Civic as Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Maria in 9 to 5, and at First Presbyterian Theatre as Catherine Simms in The Foreigner. Thank you so much to Jake for trusting me with this crazy awesome (huge) role, to Joel for always encouraging me, even when I’m freaking out about this (huge) role, to the cast for making stuff that could have been JUST SO INCREDIBLY AWKWARD into a fun and hilarious experience, and to my mom for not freaking out when I summarized this show for her.

Travis Grams (Dr. Parker): Travis is making his debut at Arena, after appearing in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Sisters of Swing at the Civic Theatre and Catch Me If You Can at the University of Saint Francis. This is his first show with Nick Chaney.

Morgan Spencer (Shelley Parker): Morgan couldn't be happier to be back for her second show on this stage after recently closing Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will? She is both thankful and honored to be working with such a talented director, cast, and crew. Other recent performances have been The Merchant of Venice at First Presbyterian Theatre, Catch Me if You Can at the University of Saint Francis, and Spamalot at the Civic. Morgan would like to give all gratitude to her super loving, supportive, quirky family-you guys rock!

Quentin C Jenkins (Sheriff Reynolds).  This is Quentin C. Jenkins first role at Arena.  You might have seen him in other local shows like Catch Me If You Can (Senior Ensemble), Will Wonka (Mr. Salt), The Man Who Came To Dinner (Beverly Carlton), playing with Fire: After Frankenstein (the Creature), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Jackson), All Shook Up (Warden), You Can't Take It With You (Boris Kalenkhov), The Diary of Anne Frank (Guard), Jesus Christ Superstar (Priest, Ensemble), The Will Rogers Follies (Wrangler, Ensemble), and To Kill A Mockingbird (Sheriff Heck Tate).  A film maker, projectionist, and all around handsome guy.  Quentin graduated from USF in 2012 majoring in communication with a focus in film and video production.  He works for Media 401 as the Key Grip and for A Party Apart as the lighting and warehouse assistant.  In addition to stage work, Quentin has written and directed for USF 24 Hour Art Fest and the Indianapolis 48 Film Fest.

Jonny Drasko (Rick, Lorraine, etc.): Jonny is excited to make his theatre debut in Bat Boy. He has been a vocalist for many years, however the past four years he has focused on professional fire performance with Pyroscope Entertainment. He thanks his friends Ash Morimano and Mason Price for pushing him to perform for audiences in a different way.

Jen Poiry-Prough (Mayor Maggie, Clem, Doctor): Jen is excited to return to Arena with the opportunity to work with this amazingly talented cast and crew in one of her favorite musicals. Most recent roles include Sr. Amnesia in Nunsense (First Pres.), Ruth in Pirates of Penzance (Pulse Opera House), and Linda in Play It Again, Sam (Arena). Professionally, she played Katie in Plain & Fancy and Martha in The Secret Garden (Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres). She is a marketing specialist at 3Rivers Federal Credit Union, writes for whatzup, runs a theatre website, and conducts Wildtree Herbs freezer meal workshops. She is also the producer of the YouTube series, Sarrazine Has New Toys. Many thanks to her husband Colby for encouraging her to audition for this show, to Sarrazine for getting to bed on time (or trying), and to her in-laws for the babysitting.

Alexis Craghead (Ruthie, Ned, etc.): Alexis is enjoying her second season with Arena Dinner Theatre. She is also known for her appearance last summer in Violet, amongst many other cast appearances throughout her high school career. As much fun as performing can be, she does have to make a living by working a 9-5 position. Currently she works as an accounts manager for a company here in town. She enjoys getting together with family, friends, and her loving boyfriend Jordon. Alexis wishes to thank the cast, directors, and crew for all of their dedication and hard work to make this performance and experience for her such a success and pleasure.

Prentis Moore (Mrs. Taylor, Rev. Hightower, etc.): Make the perfect mixture of music knowledge, acting flexibility and personality...what do you name it?! Prentis Moore. His love for entertainment started at the young age of 4. This blossomed into the passion that many have grown to know, love and view in many venues ranging from headlining shows with his voice to acting in productions all over the area, including the Civic Theatre, IPFW, First Presbyterian Theatre, Plymouth and Arena stages, among others. He was recently awarded the Anthony Award for Outstanding Lead Male Performance in a Musical for his role as Donkey in Shrek the Musical and would like to thank EVERYONE that has had the chance to support and partake in creating this "perfect mixture"... If you haven't yet, don't miss out. Special thanks to Debbie, Anaiyah, Madison and McKenzie for being my cheering section. "Peace to the World."

Olivia Ross (Ron, Roy, etc.): Olivia is making her Arena Dinner Theatre debut and is thrilled to be a part of Bat Boy! She received training from the Fort Wayne Ballet, and has also worked with the Buglisi Dance Theatre and the Radio City Rockettes. Previous theatre credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Civic Theatre) and Catch Me If You Can (St. Francis). Sending special thanks to all my teachers who supported and believed in me. Much love to all of my family and friends!

Daren Zachary Call (Pan, Bud, Daisy, etc.): Zack is making his theatrical debut with Bat Boy, however he toured the country for the majority of the past 6 years with his band, Downstait. Their music has been featured on ESPN, VH1, MTV, and can still be heard weekly on WWE programming. Zack is enjoying his theatrical experience and hopes to continue performing in the future.

Rosalie Geller (Music Director): Rosalie has her Bachelor of Music and Masters of Education from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  She has taught music in public schools for over twenty-nine years. Ms. Geller’s career in music education includes teaching at Churubusco High School, Homestead High School, and currently at Columbia City High School. Ms. Geller directs the award winning show choirs “City Lights” and “City Heat”.  She has directed over twenty musicals, sang in several operas, and had leading or supporting roles in over 30 plays and musicals. Rosalie received Best Female Lead and Best Supporting Female for roles she played at Arena in the mid-1980’s. (She Loves Me, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying). Other theatrical experiences include acting roles in theatres in Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Fort Wayne.  She is excited to be returning to Arena Theatre as the vocal director after having such a great experience with the cast and crew of Violet in 2014.

Ben Wedler (Band Leader): Ben is happy to be back at Arena after playing for Violet last summer. He has music directed Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Dracula Baby, And the World Goes Round, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Company and led the orchestra for Violet at Arena Dinner Theatre. He can also be seen on stage, most recently as Teddy in Arsenic and Old Lace at Arena. His other acting credits include Annas the High Priest in the award winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar at FPT and Cinderella’s Father in Into the Woods, Bun Foo in Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Rev. Harry Harrison in Shadowlands, The Minstrel in Once Upon a Mattress and received an Anthony Award for Horton the Elephant in Seussical at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre. He has recently music directed Catch Me if You Can, Willy Wonka, Will Rogers Follies, and All Shook Up at the University of St. Francis. In 2009 he music directed and performed with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in a production of Camelot. He was recently elected to the board of directors here at Arena Dinner Theatre. By day he is the music and liturgy director for St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. Ben would like to thank his wife Leah and children Evelyn and Henry for their support and letting me play!

Joel Grillo (Stage Manager/Set Designer): This is Joel’s first time working behind the scenes. Joel has loved building and collaborating with all the experienced staff here at Arena. He would like to thank Jake for the opportunity to design this set. He would also like to thank the talented Emily Arata for letting him spend countless hours at the theatre and not with her. Joel was last seen in Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will? as Harmony where he won an Arena Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role of a Play. Bat Boy will be an experience that neither Joel nor the audience will ever forget. Thank you to all the actors for making this a fun production.

Nick Stieber (Stage Manager): This is Nick’s first production at Arena. He would like to dedicate his work to the memory of Adam James Hamilton.


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